Jan 04, 2018
Rachidou has finished up with all his bandage changes and wound cleanings and he's been deemed healthy enough to go home! As always, we'll miss this smiling little face and can't wait for his first follow up appointment in a few months!
Dec 27, 2017
Our little man had a great time today as a local Nigerien high school came to visit and spend some time with our kids!
Dec 22, 2017
Now that Rachidou has been discharged, he's beginning his bandage change and wound cleaning routine. Honestly, it's not that fun of a process and even a little painful, but our man is still all smiles!
Dec 15, 2017
Our Spiritual Director, Hannatou, spent a little time with Rachidou before he got discharged today! He'll once again be staying in our guesthouse so he'll still be around for a while.
Dec 14, 2017
Rachidou is all bandaged up and, once again, spreading his joy around the the ward until he gets discharged! He doesn't seem to be in any pain, praise the Lord!
Dec 13, 2017
The work on our man's lip and neck went off without a hitch and he is resting up in the ward. Thank you all for your prayers and get well messages!
Dec 12, 2017
Rachidou is in the ward, in his surgery robe, and ready for surgery! He's a little scared and has spent most of the morning hiding under his mother's hijab. Please be praying for strength and bravery for this little guy as he goes in for yet another surgery.
Dec 11, 2017
Our man is enjoying himself in art therapy today and prepping himself for his next surgery which has been scheduled for tomorrow!
Dec 04, 2017
Rachidou is back! He stopped in for a check-up, and the doctors are relatively pleased with all the corrections. They're talking about maybe doing a follow-up procedure on Rachidou's lip. In the meantime, Rachidou is once again staying in the guest house and making us fall in love with his little self all over again!
May 23, 2017
Rachidou got to go home today! A little part of our heart goes with him, but we'll be seeing him again in a while for another check up and a decision on the next steps!
May 17, 2017
Rachidou went in for a check up with the doctor today and things are looking good! The wounds from his surgery are all healed up! The doctor did notice that there's a residual lip left which they'll discuss with his family if they want to go ahead with another surgery to correct that.
May 15, 2017
Rachidou has fashioned himself a new favourite toy made out of a soda bottle filled with sand and a strip of magnetic tape from a cassette tape!
May 12, 2017
While Rachidou is an odd little fellow, he's always got the best temperment! He's showed up for his bandage changes without complaint (most of the time) and spreads smiles wherever he goes!
May 11, 2017
We had our first real rain in months today and Rachidou got a kick out of running around getting his feet wet in the damp sand!
May 10, 2017
Rachidou's grandmother took part in a sewing workshop that some of our staff put on today for the patient caretakers. While Rachidou went with his grandmother, he wasn't all that interested.
May 09, 2017
Rachidou's had enough admiring the camera from the front side, now he wants to start using it and is always grabbing for it!
May 08, 2017
Our man was so focused on the camera, he didn't even notice that a fly landed almost on his eye!
May 05, 2017
Rachidou and his grandmother joined us in chapel this morning for a little Bible story and a time of prayer before the day started!
May 04, 2017
Rachidou didn't start out today with this big smile. He had a bandage change appointment that he REALLY didn't want to go to, but his grandma got him there and made sure he behaved. It wasn't a fun experience for our little guy, but he made it through and is no worse for the wear!
May 03, 2017
Hospital life isn't all that interesting, but it's the friends between surgeries and follow up appointments that keep things fun!
May 02, 2017
It's another bandage change day for Rachidou. Each one gets us a little closer to the finish line!
Apr 27, 2017
Rachidou enjoys a post lunch hangout with his grandmother and their hospital friends.
Apr 26, 2017
It was a bandage change day for Rachidou which he hates because it's yet another time where his grandmother doesn't let him run around playing with his friends. She's always got that stern march to get him where he needs to go for his medical appointments!
Apr 25, 2017
Rachidou uses that stunning smile of his to get all the attention any time we have visitors!
Apr 13, 2017
Rachidou was in true form today! We could hardly move an inch without him jumping in front of the camera for his own little photo shoot!
Also a heads up, there are several national holidays approaching so updates will be sparse for the next week or so.
Apr 12, 2017
Our man is solving his messy eater dilemma by working the bib and no shirt look. So far, so good!
Apr 11, 2017
The task at hand in art therapy was to make several paper butterflies, but Rachidou does what Rachidou likes. Considering the whole point of art therapy is healthy self expression, we think it's ok even though we have no clue what he was trying to draw!
Apr 10, 2017
It's another bandage change day for this guy! Only Rachidou has this big of a smile while waiting for any kind of medical procedure around here!
Apr 07, 2017
Rachidou spent some time coloring and learning the story of Daniel today!
Apr 06, 2017
Rachidou cracks us up at meal time every day! This little guy LOVES his food!
Apr 05, 2017
Even though we have a big new playground, Rachidou still gets a kick out of the little plastic one right outside the guest house!
Apr 04, 2017
Rachidou had a chill day today. He was hanging out in our art therapy room, but not taking part in the activities. He was content just to hang out in the air conditioning rather than be outside in the heat!
Apr 03, 2017
Rachidou is enjoying playing dress-up today. As far as we could figure out, he's a king with his crown, cape, sceptre, and empty juice can?
Mar 31, 2017
It's getting hot here (the daily high is about 110C) which means shirts are entirely optional!
Mar 30, 2017
Rachidou got discharged back to the guest house today! He's more than pumped as the ward isn't near as fun as the guest house!
Mar 29, 2017
Most people aren't very smiley the day after their surgery, but then again, Rachidou isn't most people!
Mar 28, 2017
Rachidou is going in for another surgery today! The plan today is to release the skin strand that is tying his chin down to his torso. Doing this will give him a whole bunch more freedom of movement!
Mar 27, 2017
Rachidou spent the morning attempting to build some kind of fort with a few old chairs before heading in to his physical therapy appointment!
Mar 22, 2017
It's movie day here at the hospital and, if you look closely, you can see Rachidou (in the green) up front and centre!
Mar 21, 2017
Our man had a date with the physical therapist today where he got this nice little brace which will help train him to keep his newly released wrist straight after years of it being contracted!
Mar 20, 2017
We've had quite a few patients leave the guest house this weekend which means Rachidou has some more space to spread out his mats and relax!
Mar 16, 2017
Our guy is spending the day hanging out with his friend Julia. Nothing special, just lots of smiles!
Mar 15, 2017
Rachidou is one of the sweetest and most loving young men we've ever encountered, but he's got a one track mind when it is mealtime. There's no distracting him then!
Mar 14, 2017
Rachidou is easily one of the dirtiest kids we've ever had here. He's always got some kind of food or dirt all over him, but that fantastic smile evens things out.
Mar 13, 2017
We've had a team of American nursing students here for the past week and while today is their last day with us, Rachidou will remember them long after they leave. Just look at that joy!
Mar 10, 2017
Today's activity was coloring a page that taught us a little more about the Bible!
Mar 09, 2017
Rachidou got his bandage off today! And with the burn contracture on his wrist released, he's yet another step closer to being healed!
Mar 08, 2017
Give Rachidou a big speaker and an upbeat song and he is set!
Mar 07, 2017
It's a struggle to open the paint bottle when you've only got one free hand!
Mar 06, 2017
It's evidently silly face Monday here in Niger although we don't think Rachidou did this one intentionally ...
Mar 02, 2017
It's another relaxing day for Rachidou, hanging out with his friends and diving into some art therapy projects!
Mar 01, 2017
Rachidou spent the morning basking in those early morning rays with that go-to smile of his plastered on his face!
Feb 27, 2017
Another dressing change today, but not even that can stifle this little guy's smile!
Feb 24, 2017
It's another playground day as we wait for Rachidou's body to do its thing and heal him up from the last surgery!
Feb 23, 2017
Today was run around the playground and get as sandy as is absolutely possible day!
Feb 22, 2017
Rachidou's has taken a liking to getting real close to us and standing on our shoes while we walk around. It's definitely fun for everyone involved, but it makes getting photos of him hard!
Feb 20, 2017
Rachidou gets to start the week off easily with some relaxing and playing with his friends. He also spent a good amount of time sitting in front of a parked car, staring at it while the rest of us played on the swings. He just does his own thing and we love him for it!
Feb 16, 2017
This kid slays us with that smile. He's permanently dirty with some kind of food and drool, but he marches to the beat of his own incredible sweet drum. We're so glad he's back with us!
Feb 15, 2017
This is the smile you make when you're told you can leave the ward and go back to the guesthouse which has become your second home!
Feb 14, 2017
Our man's surgery went well and he's resting up in the ward. His smiles are a little slower today, but he's still got that glint in his eye!
Feb 13, 2017
So after getting his new burn taken care of last week, Rachidou is going in for another surgery on his old burns! Xrays showed that his hand actually has a few finger bones inside so the doctors are going to free those up which, while he still won't have a normal hand, he will have some grasping function as opposed to just a stub!
Feb 09, 2017
Rachidou made it back for his check up and while he is recovering great from his surgery, he returned to us with a new wound. While he was home, some hot tea spilled over his leg, burning him yet again. We treated the still fresh burn and Rachidou will be staying with us for a little bit so we can make sure it heals well!
Jan 09, 2017
So Rachidou ended up getting discharged over the weekend, well actually on Friday, but he didn't end up leaving until the weekend. Unfortunately, that little tidbit got lost in translation for us so we didn't get a proper goodbye. Thankfully, he's set to be back here in a month for a check up as he's got a few more surgeries in his future.
Please be praying that the healing continues well and that he makes it back for his follow up appointments!
Jan 05, 2017
Everyone has a bad day or two. Today is Rachidou's. Nothing is really wrong, he's just not listening to his Mom and being cranky. As a result, he went and got himself the Nigerien version of grounded. Please continue praying for him as the whole healing process isn't always the most fun thing out there.
Jan 03, 2017
It's an art therapy day today and Rachidou painted himself a paper plate tiger! Please be praying as this little guy continues to heal up.
Jan 02, 2017
Rachidou is starting off the new year with some nice slow walks around the hospital with his grandmother.
Dec 27, 2016
Smiles and more smiles with this guy as the guesthouse! There were a few more visitors over the weekend which results in more friends for Rachidou!
Dec 23, 2016
We were able to sit down with Rachidou and deliver a slew of your get well messages which definitely brought his spirits up while the nurses brought his health back up. He's doing miles better today, running around and getting into trouble like usual!
Dec 22, 2016
Rachidou isn't feeling so hot today. He's napping in the ward so the nurses can keep an eye on him as the day goes on.
Dec 21, 2016
Rachidou got to take part in group crafts and games with some visitors we had here at the hospital. That giant smile says it all!
Dec 19, 2016
Our man seems to have two facial expressions- confused and ridiculously happy. Here you can see him transitioning between the two of them as we read him the get wells you've been sending him! Thanks so much for caring about this little guy!
Dec 15, 2016
Rachidou seems no worse for the wear after his surgery! He is still going in for daily bandage changes to keep everything clean.
Dec 13, 2016
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It would seem that this little guy hates wearing shirts even more than he hates going into surgery! But with every day in the high 90s (F), we can't really blame him.